Keely’s maiden bar­rel vic­tory

Suc­cess is sweet

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A HEARTY crowd was on hand to watch the 11th an­nual Mur­phys Creek Fos­sil Downs Bush Rodeo at the week­end.

The friends and fam­ily of Coominya teenager Keely Payne (pic­tured) had plenty of rea­sons to cheer as she claimed her first win at an NRA event on her mare Roo.

EACH year it seems to only get big­ger and bet­ter.

The Mur­phys Creek Fos­sil Downs Bush Rodeo has raised funds for the Toowoomba Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion for the past 11 years. Funds go to­wards the hospi­tal’s on­col­ogy and re­nal units.

Foun­da­tion CEO Ali­son Kennedy said the event had raised over $26,000.

“It takes a lot to put on an event and we do a lot our selves ob­vi­ously, but when some­body else puts all the hard work and ef­fort in and then hands you a cheque to­wards a speci­fi­cised fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive like this, it just makes our life so much eas­ier.

“We’re re­ally, re­ally thank­ful for this beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity group.”

Fi­nal fig­ures raised from the event on Satur­day are still be­ing cal­cu­lated.

Coominya’s Keely Payne was vic­to­ri­ous in the un­der-18 bar­rel rac­ing event with a time of 15.460 to take out her first ever win at an Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion event.

The 15-year-old has only been rid­ing her new horse Roo for the past month.

“I adore rodeo and I live and breathe horses,” Keely said. “I have my fam­ily and friends to push me to suc­cess and sup­port me end­lessly.”

■ For more pho­tos from the day and shots of the ac­tion in the ring, check out the Gat­ton Star web­site.

PHOTO:LACH­LAN MCIVOR

PHO­TOS: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

DRESSED TO IM­PRESS: Ha­gen Byrnes of Toowoomba at the Mur­phys Creek Fos­sil Downs Bush Rodeo on Satur­day.

Keira, John and Lina Klein of Rus­sell Is­land with Pip watch the ac­tion in the ring.

Bran­don, Elias, Abel and Ash­ley Hall of Toowoomba.

Chris­tine Eg­gins and Stephanie For­mosa of Toowoomba.

Peta Browne and Cooper Cranston.

Katie Ever­ing­ham Toowoomba with Jinx. of

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